Journal website gets makeover

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MANCHESTER — We have recently debuted upgrades to our website — ManchesterJournal.com — that modernize its format and improve navigation.

Visit the site to see for yourselves, but until then, here are a few key points about the makeover:

We debuted a new website on Nov. 1, 2016, just months after the Journal returned to local ownership. These changes mark the first major tweaks to it, changes we made after reaching out and getting feedback from readers.

Here's a top-level overview of some of the changes.

Our revamped home page features more headlines, streamlined navigation and a reduction in

general clutter.

The navigation bar boils down categories into news, sports, culture, opinion, calendar and obituaries.

A "hamburger" menu also expands to offer a quicker glance of categories deeper into the site. For example, that's where you can quickly drill down into your favorite sections.

The site sports a new color scheme and new typefaces for headlines and articles. These are designed to help readability.

We've transitioned from an analog type of events calendar to a digital one. Readers can set their preferred viewing mode and search by day or week. Community organizers can themselves add public events to the calendar.

For our advertisers, we're now hand-placing ads in premium locations on the website and featuring sponsored-content sections.

If you notice anything odd on the site, such as broken links, reach out to online editor Noah Hoffenberg at nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com.

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